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Flowers at a makeshift memorial to Fr Hamel in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/08/16

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Maronite Catholic bishops pose for a photo during their June 13-17 annual synod at Bkerke, the patriarchal seat north of Beirut, Lebanon (CNS)

The bishops released a statement at the conclusion of their synod in which they rejected a partitioning of the Middle East

A Christian neighbourhood in Aleppo (picture courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need)

Fr Alsabagh says all but the poorest have escaped the city and an ‘eerie silence, like a cemetery’, fills the streets

In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a Civil Defense worker carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, last Thursday (Validated UGC via AP video)

Seeing refugees being resettled in Canada ‘hurts us a lot’, says Archbishop of Aleppo

Pope Francis arriving for a special Holy Year audience with the armed forces, in St Peter's Square (AP)

Speaking to to the faithful in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis also appealed for peace in Syria

A FARC rebel stands guard on a hill in Montealegre, Colombia (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/08/15

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Aleppo [PA]

The operation took place over two months and amid great secrecy

A boy carries belongings as he walks on the rubble of damaged buildings in Aleppo, Syria (CNS)

Sister Annie Demerjian has described the killing of members of a Christian family after shells hit their home

Syrians in Aleppo clear the streets after shelling (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Audo says that almost everyone would leave Aleppo if they could

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Pope Francis meet in June 2013 (AP)

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